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dor's box, opposite to us, very showy, with a
spangled muslin gown and a scarlet cloak. She
has a fine face and figure, and was not at all
outree in her decoration. Her very black hair was
plaited with gold riband, and ringlets fell over her
forehead and neck; rather a short waist, her arms
bare, and a great breadth of shoulders displayed.
She was altogether very much decolletee, which is
the fashion of the day,
On the same line with her, au premier, and
among the well dressed, were two or three servant-
looking women en bonnets de paysannes* By their
appearance they must have been tradesmen's wives
of the lowest class. The fine ladies wear feathers
and no rouge. The men in the boxes were like
gentlemen in England; those in the pit like what
French laquais were formerly on a rainy day.
The Marquis del Campo1 was at the opera,
without his star. His servility is disgusting, even to
the men in power. He affects equality so much, that
his table is presided over by Mademoiselle Chalet^,
much so, that she acquired the name of " Notre bonne dame
de Thermidor," in allusion to the lives she saved during that
hideous period. She was afterwards divorced from Tallien,
whom she is unjustly stated to have abandoned in his distress.
In due time she married Francis Joseph de Caraman, Prince
de Chimay. She died at her husband's chateau of Chimay,
near Mons, in 1836, universally regretted.
i The Spanish ambassador.